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UPDATED: Twitter Chat on Collaboration is at 4:00 EDT Today (September 7)

Posted on: September 7th, 2011 by Sarah Heffern

 

Twitter logoUPDATE: The chat transcript is now available! Many thanks to all who participated. Our next chat will be October 5 at 4:00 EDT.

Well... Labor Day has passed, school is back in session, and - if my meeting schedule is to be believed - everyone is back from vacation. There's nothing like a full calendar of meetings to make you think about being collaborative, and the many ways it can go right, and wrong. Hoping for more of the former and less of the latter, we'll be turning the #builtheritage hashtag over to the topic of collaboration this afternoon at 4:00 EDT. Questions we'll be discussing include: How can you facilitate effective collaboration? Who should preservationists partner with? What issues should we work together on? And, most importantly, have you been involved in a great collaboration? We're especially excited to hear real-world examples of how preservationists are connecting with other like-minded organizations.

We also have one off-topic item to discuss at the end of the chat - when we're going to hold our #builtheritage tweetup at the National Preservation Conference in October. Given that nearly all of the twitter chats at some point involve a side thread about connecting in real life - usually with food, or more often, drinks - it seemed time to actually make it official. We've got a couple of ideas for times and places in Buffalo, and we'll ask the folks attending what works best.

Hope to "see" you all on Twitter this afternoon. Unsure how to participate? Last week's save-the-date post has the full scoop.

Sarah Heffern (@smheffern) is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Through the magic of technology, she is at President Lincoln's Cottage (@LincolnsCottage) actually being collaborative as this post goes live.

 

 

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class.

Save the Date: Twitter Chat on Collaboration is September 7

Posted on: August 31st, 2011 by Sarah Heffern 1 Comment

 

Twitter logoI was very much looking forward to writing today's post announcing the September #builtheritage Twitter chat because I was excited to have reached our first milestone - six months of conversations, 140 characters at a time. But then I actually counted and realized I was a month late; August was, in fact, our sixth time gathering around the twitters.

This, naturally, raised two questions: 1) Why can't I count? and2) How on earth is September tomorrow? (I mean, really. This year is going shockingly fast.) I know I speak for my co-moderators Julia Rocchi and Kayla Jonas as well as myself when I say I couldn't be happier at the way our Twitter experiment has worked out so far. We have regular chatters from across the US and Canada, and a pretty regular presence from the UK as well - and we've even had an Aussie drop by now and again.

We found our inspiration for this month's topic in that spirit of international camaraderie - and in in the upcoming International National Trusts Organisation meeting in Vancouver in early October. We'll be talking about collaboration with organizations near and far: Who should preservationists partner with? What issues should we work together on? How can you facilitate effective collaboration? If you've had the luck to be part of a really effective collaborative process, please come armed with examples (with links, if you've got 'em).

Interested in joining us? The chat will run from 4:00 - 5:00 EDT on Wednesday, September 7. Here are the details on how to participate, pulled from both Kayla's blog and earlier posts here on the PreservationNation blog:

1. Sign in to Twitter, Tweet Deck or Tweet Chat. We usually use Tweet Chat since it adds the hash tag automatically and allows you to reply and retweet easily.

2. Follow and tweet with the hashtag #builtheritage

3. Watch for the questions in the Q1 format. Provide answers using the A1 format, and interact with other tweeters using replies and retweets.

Oh, and what we mean by the Q1/A1 format is this: Questions (we usually have four per chat) are posed by the moderator as Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 about every 15 minutes. We ask that chatters reply with A1, A2, etc. to help everyone stay clear on what they’re responding to. A lot of side conversations and such still break out, but it helps keep things at least a little organized.

Hope to "see" you online next week. And if you can't join us, don't despair... we'll post a transcript within a few days of the chat so you can catch up at your leisure.

Sarah Heffern (@smheffern) is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She counts her greatest Twitter achievement to date - aside from the #builtheritage chat - as getting her brother to say, "You were right. I love Twitter."

 

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class.

 

UPDATE: The chat transcript is now available... and contains nearly 500 tweets. Many thanks to all who participated for such a lively conversation. Our next chat will be September 7 at 4:00 EDT.

We may be a week later than usual, due to two out of three of us on the moderation team vacationing on beachy capes (Cape May for me, Cape Cod for my colleague Julia), but we are no less excited than usual for our monthly Twitter chat. We'll be gathering around the Internet's version of a conference table at 4:00 EDT this afternoon - August 10, 2011 - madly refreshing the #builtheritage hashtag.

Today's theme is an interesting one: how to reach out beyond preservation's usual suspects to bring our work into under-served communities. We'll talk about who we see as under-served groups (and what that means), how to determine what the best way is to help, and how to build connections.

Interested in joining us, but not sure how? Take a look back at last week's post, which has handy tips for following along. Unable to join us? Don't despair! We expect to have a transcript up within a few days.

Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Because unplugging from Twitter (and other online stuff) is not her strong suit, she was very happy to have been in a beach house with WiFi last week.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class.

Save the Date: Next Twitter Chat is One Week Away (August 10)

Posted on: August 3rd, 2011 by Sarah Heffern 3 Comments

 

Twitter logoGiven that it is the first Wednesday of the month - our usual time for such things - I'd typically be writing this post as a quick reminder that there's a Twitter chat this afternoon. However, it's not normal circumstances, it's summer vacation season, and as such, two thirds of the team that produces the Twitter chats are out of the office this week. We thought it unseemly to ask our volunteer moderator to run the whole thing, so instead we moved the chat one week later into August.

And so, I'd like to invite you to join us one week from today - Wednesday, August 10, at 4:00 EDT - to talk historic preservation on Twitter. Our theme will be reaching out to under-served communities and how to build connections outside the "usual suspects." If you've been participating on the Twitter chats for a while, you may recall that this came up when we were talking about outreach in general, but we thought there was enough to discuss that it warranted a chat of its own.

In case you don’t remember how to participate – or haven’t joined us before – here are tips for joining in prepared by our chat co-founder, Ontario-based preservationist Kayla Jonas:

How to join in:

1. Sign in to Twitter, Tweet Deck or Tweet Chat. I usually use Tweet Chat to follow twitter chats since it adds the hash tag automatically and allows you to reply and retweet easily.

2. Follow and tweet with the hashtag #builtheritage

3. Watch for the questions in the Q1 format. Provide answers using the A1 format, and interact with other tweeters using replies and retweets.

Oh, and what Kayla means by the Q1/A1 format is this: Questions (we usually have four per chat) are posed by the moderator as Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 about every 15 minutes. We ask that chatters reply with A1, A2, etc. to help everyone stay clear on what they’re responding to. A lot of side conversations and such still break out, but it helps keep things at least a little organized.

Hope you're able to join in!

Sarah Heffern is currently the most sunburned member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class.

Reminder: Twitter Chat on Heritage Travel Today at 4:00 EDT

Posted on: July 6th, 2011 by Sarah Heffern

 

Twitter logoAs I mentioned last week, I am currently on vacation - possibly having heritage travel-related experiences of my own - but the wonders of modern technology have allowed me to pre-write this reminder for today's Twitter chat. This afternoon at 4:00 EDT, please join in on the #builtheritage hashtag on Twitter to talk all things heritage tourism.

Whether you're new to preservation and looking to get a heritage tourism program off the ground in your community, or you're a seasoned professional armed with lessons learned through trial-and-error, there will be a role in the chat for you. And if you want to bone up on heritage tourism info beforehand, please take a look at the Cultural Heritage Tourism Survival Toolkit on PreservationNation.

Unsure of how to get involved in the chat? My previous twitter-themed post has all the scoop on how to participate. I'm sorry I won't be able to join in this time around, but I'm looking forward to reading the transcript (which will be posted here within a day or two of the chat) when I get back!

Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. You can find her on Twitter as @smheffern.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class.